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Growing Horseradish

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(Best months for growing Horseradish in USA - Zone 5a regions)

P = Plant in the garden.

  • Easy to grow. Plant root pieces. Best planted at soil temperatures between 50°F and 77°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 20 inches apart
  • Harvest in 16-24 weeks. Some improvement in flavour if left till after frost..
  • Compatible with (can grow in same bed): Best kept separate
  • Horseradish leaf
    Horseradish leaf

Horseradish is grown from root cuttings. If you know someone who has it in their garden, just one piece of root will start off for you.

Dig a deep hole and refill with compost as the horseradish has a long taproot. Plant it and then leave it alone. Apart from constant wet or cold, horseradish will grow in any part of the garden.

Horseradish is an aggressive grower and will quickly take over the garden. It will also grow well in a deep container or sink an old bucket in the ground to prevent spreading. Otherwise, remove all the plant when you harvest it and save one piece to replant.

Can be planted in early Autumn or Spring

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Horseradish

Strong, spicy flavour traditionally used with roast beef.

Used grated for horseradish sauce or horseradish cream

Your comments and tips

25 Sep 16, Carolyn Lewis (Australia - temperate climate)
Been buying a paste from spud shed, it was made in Europe. It has help control my allergies, chest mucus and sinus. Tablets from the chemist does not work as good. Living in Perth. Tried all nurseries can't get it. Can you help me. I grow my own turmeric and make it in a paste with a pinch of black pepper. This also works better than tablets for inflamation arthritis..
14 Oct 16, frances (Australia - temperate climate)
Bunnings have them in the herb section in single posts occasionally.
29 Sep 16, Kirsten (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I ordered mine from Daley's Nursery -
13 Sep 16, Octavia (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
Where can I buy horse radish in South Africa
03 Sep 16, Hettie Nieuwoudt (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
I live in Pretoria south africa and want to buy the horseradish root to plant plz where can I buy in Pretoria.??
28 Sep 16, Peter (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Hi Hettie, Please contact me re Horseradish in Pretoria. Cheers, Peter
14 Sep 16, Ivan van der Merwe (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Hi I have seen some at Checkers or the food lovers market. I also have some but live in the Free State in a place called Memel. Do drop me a line.
26 Aug 16, Corna Engelbrecht (Australia - arid climate)
I would like to know where we can find horse radish in tablet form in Johannesburg. Kind Regards Corna
04 Aug 16, Suzanne (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi Ulla I buy my horseradish plants from a nurserywoman at the Hawkesbury Farmers Market. I have taken her advice and always planted my horseradish in a deep pot into the soil as it can become rampant and hard to remove if it gets away. Best wishes.
01 Aug 16, Ulla Jakobsen (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
I bought 2 roots at my greengrocer, and put them in water. Do I just put them in soil and what end in the soil.
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